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Podcast Overview

The Ringer's Chris Vernon hosts an all-star cast of Ringer staffers, NBA players, front-office personnel, and more to discuss all things happening in the association.

Podcast Episodes

The Best and Worst NBA Offseasons So Far With Kevin O'Connor (Ep. 132)

The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor report live from summer league in Las Vegas to discuss the major story lines from the first weekend of games, and to rank the best and worst NBA offseasons so far.

Recapping the First Weekend of Free Agency (Ep. 131)

The Ringer’s Chris Vernon is joined by NBA TV’s Tas Melas to discuss the Toronto Raptors’ free-agency moves (1:00), Gordon Hayward’s potential landing spots (9:45), the dearth of talent in the Eastern Conference (21:15), Blake Griffin’s max deal with the Clippers (31:40), and the possibility of LeBron leaving Cleveland again (41:20).

The CP3 Trade, Phil Jackson's Firing, and What's Next for the Clippers? (Ep. 130)

The Ringer's Chris Ryan brings on Bill Simmons to offer up initial reactions to the news that Chris Paul is heading to the Houston Rockets (3:00). Then, The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor joins to give his thoughts on what's next for the Clippers (17:30). Finally, Knicks fan Jason Concepcion of The Ringer bids farewell to the Phil Jackson era in New York (56:00).

NBA Awards and Free Agency (Ep. 129)

The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor discuss the NBA Awards ceremony and some memorable moments (2:33). Then they take a hard look at upcoming free-agency moves (24:25).

'High Upside'—The Butler Trade, Steals, and More Surprises (Ep. 128)

The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor and Jonathan Tjarks recap the NBA draft. They start with the top six (0:32), then dissect the questionable Jimmy Butler trade (1:58), their draft surprises (9:45), and their draft steals (14:33).

The GM-less Cavs, Paul George, and the Porzingis Rumor (Ep. 127)

The Ringer's Chris Vernon is joined by Sam Amick of USA Today to discuss David Griffin's departure from the Cleveland Cavaliers (02:00), Jimmy Butler and the Boston Celtics (18:00), Paul George's interest in the Lakers (22:00), what the Clippers' addition of Jerry West means to Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and the Clippers (26:30), and Phil Jackson's statement on possibly trading Kristaps Porzingis (34:30).

Bill Simmons on LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Offseason Moves, and NBA Draft Advice (Ep. 126)

Bill Simmons is joined by Chris Ryan to discuss the similarities and differences between LeBron James's and Kevin Durant's decisions to leave their first NBA teams (2:07). Later they talk offseason trades and the NBA draft (37:00).

The Warriors’ Win, Durant vs. LeBron, and Playoffs Recap (Ep. 125)

The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor discuss the Cavaliers falling short of beating the Warriors (1:20), Kevin Durant’s and LeBron James’s legacies (11:21), what superteams mean for NBA fandom (21:30), how teams could compete against the Warriors (41:48), and the biggest what-ifs of the playoffs (49:00).

'High Upside' — International Prospects (Ep. 124)

The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor and Jonathan Tjarks look at the international prospects in their top 60 for the NBA draft. They discuss 'Filthy' Frank Ntilikina (2:02), Jonah Bolden (9:15), and Anzejs Pasecniks (14:08). Then, they talk about the most recent prospects to drop out of the draft (17:45) and finish up with two more prospect profiles (20:06).

Warriors on the Brink of History (Ep. 123)

The Ringer's Chris Vernon is joined by The Vertical's Chris Mannix to discuss who should be the Finals MVP, who’s to blame for Wednesday night’s loss, LeBron’s future, who the Celtics should select no. 1 overall, and how to plan for the Warriors from a GM's perspective.

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